2013 Guest Speakers - SURVIVORville
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2013 Guest Speakers

Shannon Miller
2013 NWSC Honorary Chairperson
Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion
Cancer Survivor
Shannon Miller remains the most decorated gymnast in American history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 all-time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – twice! (individual, 2006 and team, 2008)

Shannon has won an astounding 59 international and 49 national competition medals, over half of which have been gold. She is the only US gymnast to win 2 world all-around titles and she is the first American female to medal in the individual all-around of a non-boycotted Olympics. Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US women’s first ever team gold. She was also the first American gymnast to capture gold on the balance beam. She is the first American gymnast to win an individual gold medal at a fully-attended Summer Games and cemented her place as the most accomplished gymnast, male or female, in U.S. Olympic history.

After retiring from Olympic competition, Shannon received undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship and a law degree from Boston College. She became an advocate for the health and wellness of women and children.

Shannon launched her company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women, along with her series of fitness books, cookbooks and fitness DVD’s in July, 2010. In 2011, she launched the Shannon Miller Walk-Fit Program: a free online tracking and incentive program targeted to the Jacksonville community. She continues to travel the country as a highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon’s seeks to empower women to make their health a priority through education and awareness.

Shannon is the host of Health & Wellness Channel’s “Wish List with Shannon Miller,” traveling the country granting wishes to those with life threatening medical conditions. In addition, Shannon hosts a weekly talk radio show dedicated to women’s health and fitness on WOKV-JAX.

In January 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. The baseball sized tumor was successfully removed, and followed by nine weeks of chemotherapy. Shannon has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment through the media, her blog, “My Journey,” and a free eBook entitled Competing with Cancer. Shannon is currently cancer free and continues to be a strong advocate for early detection.

Shannon’s most recent award is a beautiful baby girl, Sterling Diane, who arrived on June 25th of this year. The family resides in Jacksonville, FL.

Sylvie Aubin, Ph.D., M.A., UQAM; B.A., McGill University
Psycho-Social Oncology
Dr. Aubin is a health psychologist specializing in psychosocial oncology, with a clinical and research expertise in sexual oncology and couple adjustment following cancer. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Oncology of McGill University and is part of the Louise-Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program (POP) of the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal. More specifically, she is assigned to the Uro-Oncology and Adolescent and Young Adult interdisciplinary service teams and her clinical and research activities focus on designing interventions to improve couple and sexual relationships of cancer survivors.

Dr. Aubin has cumulated a great number of publications, including peer reviewed articles, book chapters and educational documents in sexual as well as oncology journals. Lastly, Dr. Aubin has been an invited guest speaker at national and international conferences and patient educational events.

Ruth Bachman
Author, Speaker, Advocate
Cancer Survivor
A nationally respected writer, author, educator, cancer advocate and inspirational speaker, Ruth brings a timeless message to diverse audiences about the one constant in life – change.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ruth has served as a kindergarten teacher, children’s choir director, aerobics instructor, international travel guide and volunteer coordinator. Her 25 years of public speaking experience includes work with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. However, it was her 2003 encounter with a life changing cancer diagnosis that lead Ruth to the most demanding and rewarding role of her life—that of an advocate for integrative care for cancer survivors and a role model for managing change with resilience, courage, integrity and grace.

Ruth serves as Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and co-conducts workshops, with well-known author Richard Leider on behalf of the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Steering Committee, a contributor to the MN Cancer Alliance Cancer Support Network, a speaking ambassador for Community Health Charities Minnesota, has recently been selected to go on Above + Beyond Cancer’s 2012 pilgrimage to Tibet, and is a spokesperson for the Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign.

Ruth has a deep sense of gratitude for all of the support and the opportunities she has received and donates all of her speaking honoraria and book royalties to support cancer education, advocacy and research. Recipients include the Hourglass Fund at the Minnesota Medical Foundation, University of Minnesota, and The Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation (RIS).

Susan Bratton
Chief Executive Officer, Meals To Heal
Susan founded Meals To Heal in 2011 after a career on Wall Street, where she represented and focused exclusively on early and growth stage healthcare services and insurance companies. Susan brings to Meals to Heal over 25 years of industry experience in healthcare and business as well as expertise in strategy, finance and management. She was a member of the healthcare groups at firms including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette; Robertson Stephens; and Wasserstein, Perella & Co.

Susan earned a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. She is actively involved in a number of industry associations including Women Business Leaders in Healthcare and the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. She also serves on the Advisory Board of HCap, the national leading venue where healthcare providers and capital meet. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Susan volunteers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Pediatric Oncology Unit and is a marathon runner representing MSKCC on Fred’s Team to raise money for cancer research.

Dr. Otis W. Brawley
Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President
American Cancer Society
As the chief medical officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, Otis Webb Brawley, MD, is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education. He champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet, detect cancer at the earliest stage, and provide the critical support cancer patients need. He also guides efforts to enhance and focus the research program, upgrade the Society’s advocacy capacity, and concentrate community cancer control efforts in areas where they will be most effective.

As an acknowledged global leader in the field of health disparities research, Dr. Brawley is a key leader in the Society’s work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care. Dr. Brawley currently serves as professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta. From April 2001 to November 2007, he was medical director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and deputy director for cancer control at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. He has also served as a member of the Society’s Prostate Cancer Committee, co-chaired the U.S. Surgeon General’s Task Force on Cancer Health Disparities, and filled a variety of capacities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), most recently serving as assistant director.

Currently, Dr. Brawley serves as a member of Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee and chaired the National Institute of Health Consensus Panel on the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease.

He is listed by Castle Connelly as one of America’s top doctors for cancer. Among numerous other awards, he was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for his work in the U.S. Public Health Service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Brawley is a graduate of University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University, his residency at University Hospital of Cleveland, and his fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Judy Cerrito
Cancer Survivor
Judy has been involved with the YMCA of Greater Providence for many years developing and leading wellness and enrichment programs for children, adults and older adults. In 1999 after a bout with breast cancer, Judy changed her focus to helping cancer survivors. She developed “Starting Over,” an exercise/empowerment program for women with breast cancer. She received training at Stanford University and brought their “Living Strong, Living Well” strength conditioning program for cancer survivors to GPY. Judy also served on GPY’s travel team in the pilot collaborative of YUSA/Lance Armstrong Foundation for the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program for cancer survivors.

As coordinator of the YMCA of Greater Providence’s LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, Judy oversees 8 sites offering 33 LIVESTRONG classes per year with 20 trainers. These cancer survivorship programs have served over 1,000 cancer survivors in Rhode Island. She was instrumental in the development of an exercise DVD for cancer survivors. Judy is a YUSA national trainer for the LIVESTRONG program, is a board member of the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, sitting on the Survivorship Committee, and is involved with many community agencies and organizations that serve cancer survivors.

Tabatha Coffey
Stylist, Television Personality
Bravo TV star Tabatha Coffey is on hand to oversee our makeover sessions and co-host Friday night’s “Heeling” for Cancer Fashion Show.

The Australian hairstylist and salon owner began her television career as a contestant on the show “Shear Genius.” This led to her own television show, “Tabatha Takeover,” which airs on Bravo. She has also appeared on “Make Me a Supermodel,” season 2, “The Tyra Banks Show” as a part of Banks’s “Glam Squad,” and “The Biggest Loser,” giving makeovers to the show’s contestants along with Tim Gunn,. Her approach is transformative, creating a special look for each individual, unlike other stylists who specialize in a particular look.

Tabatha also works as a platform artist for the hair care product company, Joico International. She tours the globe 6-12 times a year, doing hair shows for the company, both to showcase her talent and to train other aspiring stylists. “My favorite thing is to do work with other professionals and teaching,” she said in an interview. “I love giving and getting back from other professionals.”

In 2011, Tabatha published It’s Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty.

Peter Coppola
Stylist, Entrepreneur
A legend and trailblazer in the professional beauty industry, Peter Coppola’s career is already filled with accomplishments that have surprised and advanced the world of hair care. Few can boast about the influence Coppola has garnered in the industry. Even fewer can say they’ve seen the brand loyalty and recognition that his products have stirred amongst users.

Growing up, Peter spent weekends at his local beauty salon falling in love with the industry. His passion for hair drove him to attend beauty school and ultimately open his first salon in 1974. But this was just the beginning. Peter’s fresh take on a traditional industry was just what women needed. He constantly advanced the hair care market, utilizing new techniques and creating trends that stylists worldwide emulated. Since 1974, Peter has opened 34 salons nationally and has perfected the hair cutting, caring and smoothing business.

With experience training some of Hollywood’s most sought-after stylists, Coppola’s work has graced the pages of magazines, top websites, and has been featured prominently in broadcast segments across the country for the last 35 years. Coppola continues to research and revolutionize hair care technology to develop products that will make women look and feel their most beautiful.

Dr. James Craigie MD
Some of Dr. James Craigie’s earliest memories are of afternoons spent at hospitals with his father, a general surgeon. “I liked to go with him on call and see the things that he did,” Dr. Craigie says. Today, Dr. Craigie is an accomplished surgeon himself, conducting 70-100 breast reconstruction surgeries each year, along with all types of body contouring and cosmetic breast surgery that is part of the process of breast reconstruction. “As plastic surgeons we use techniques that are often cosmetic in nature but included as part of the reconstructive process. My main goal is to help people,” he says.

His constant aim is to bring state-of-the-art techniques and the best possible results. Dr. Craigie completed advanced training in micro-vascular breast reconstruction in New Orleans. He is one of a limited number of doctors who perform the specialized surgery, considered the “gold standard” in breast reconstruction techniques.

Karen Dyer MS
Vanderbilt University
Ms. Dyer directs the group fitness, personal training, senior exercise, and aquatic exercise programs at the Dayani Center. Karen’s passion is helping people achieve wellness as a lifestyle, from childhood on, and also helping them achieve body acceptance — realizing that there is no one perfect body size. She received her M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Wellness from Arizona State University. She is certified by ACE, AEA, AFO, and in CPR. In addition to her role at the Dayani Center, she serves as the fitness director for Girl Force, an adolescent wellness program, an ACE faculty member, and as a national presenter for the AHPERD and ECA conferences. She is a published author and has received more than fifty dance and aerobic awards. Karen was mostly recently nominated by the National American Council on Exercise as Group Fitness Instructor of the Year.

Dr. Sandra Finestone
Executive Director of Hope Wellness Center
Sandra Finestone has an accounting practice with her husband in Orange County California, and is Executive Director of Hope Wellness Center. She has a Masters in English and American History and a doctorate in Psychology. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a 30 year breast cancer survivor.

Sandra helped start the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the cure and has been president three times as well as the race chair. She is currently the treasurer and past president of the Inland Empire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Sandra has received many honors including the Komen National Volunteer of the year as well as the Orange County Volunteer of the year. She has served as vice chair of grants at the national level, and is currently serving on the Advocates in Science steering committee and is a Komen Scholar.

She is a Project Lead graduate and has attended many scientific meetings including AACR, San Antonio Breast Symposium, ASCO, ASCO Breast, CBCRP and Era of Hope.

She has reviewed grants for the CDMRP, Avon, NIH, AACR, and State of New York and was an observer for the State of California’s Breast Cancer Research Program. She has served as a mentor for both the DCMRP and Komen. She has served on the steering committee for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and has presented at their symposium.

She was privileged to represent Komen internationally at trainings in Jordan, Kuwait and Egypt.

As Executive Director of Hope Wellness Center she facilitates support groups, meets individually with patients and their families and has created a peer support system where breast cancer mentors help newly diagnosed women with their breast cancer journey.

Sandra is passionate about educating patients about their disease. She believes the more they know, the less they fear. She has facilitated conferences and webinars. She has written many published articles, she has coauthored a book on Intimacy and Sexuality after a breast cancer diagnosis, a subject she believes does not get enough attention. She has spoken to audiences of 2000 and to audiences of 2 and thinks both are important. She also believes that research is vital in this battle but so is compassion and caring.

Jadranko Franjic, PT, CLT-LANA
Vanderbilt University
Jadranko Franjic is a Physical Therapist and the lead lymphedema specialist at The Vanderbilt Lymphedema Clinic, which was established as a new clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in May, 2011. Jadranko completed Physical Therapy college in 1986 at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He practiced Physical Therapy in Yugoslavia as a lead Physical Therapist in the Center for Rehabilitation.

In 1993 he moved to Germany where he treated patients with acute and chronic pain, sport injuries, and lymphedema. In 1997 at the Dr. Foeldi Private school in Munich he completed training for treating patients with lymphedema and since then has successfully worked in the lymphedema field. In 1998 Jadranko moved to the USA with his family and continued practicing physical therapy first as a PT tech, then gaining his massage therapy license in 2000 while treating the lymphedema population predominantly in outpatient settings.

From 2002 until 2007 he worked on attaining his Physical therapy license while working full time and going to Nashville State College and obtained 42 credit hours needed to fulfill requirements for PT board exam. In February 2008 Jadranko passed the PT board exam and since then he has been licensed as a Physical Therapist in the USA. He works collaboratively with the Vanderbilt Cancer Center, other Vanderbilt MD groups, the Dayani Center and Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health to bring his patients to optimal function.

Dr. Deb Friedman
Vanderbilt University
Dr. Friedman is an associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She is the E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Pediatric Oncology and the leader of the Cancer Control and Prevention Program and directs the Cancer Survivorship programs at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Friedman’s research interests lie in the long term outcomes for cancer survivors, as well as in the design of novel therapeutic protocols for childhood cancer, designed to decrease adverse long-term effects of therapy. She has leadership roles in Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and is an internationally recognized expert in cancer survivorship, participating in projects evaluating best practices and models of care. She is investigating a diverse group of physiologic and psychosocial outcomes among survivors of pediatric cancer, hematopoietic stem cell transplant and medical oncology.

Friedman completed her pediatric residency and a joint fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 2008, she served as the co-director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at CHOP and then, as the founder and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program.

Scott Hamilton
Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion
Cancer Survivor
The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He captured the attention of the world 25 years ago with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Sarajevo and since has shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as a commentator, performer and best-selling author. He further inspires others as a speaker, philanthropist and cancer and brain tumor survivor. Most recently, Hamilton released his new inspirational book, The Great Eight, and signed on to be part of Season 8, “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC.

Scott Hamilton’s biography is among the most inspiring in the history of sports. His remarkable courage, determination and dignity have made him a champion in the truest sense of the word. In the 1996-97 figure skating season, Scott Hamilton began what would have been a standard twelve months filled with professional competitions, network television specials and touring the country in “Stars On Ice,” a production Hamilton conceived of and co-founded.

However, an unexpected event interrupted this routine and forever changed his life, and eventually would change the lives of many others. On March 18, 1997, Scott Hamilton was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Scott Hamilton then turned his experience with cancer into an opportunity to help others with cancer and is now a lifetime spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and the founder of the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative – the Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship. Through CARES, Scott champions the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, promotes ChemoCare.com and helps raise money for breakthrough cancer research. It is Scott’s vision to eradicate cancer within his lifetime, and his mission remains to help find strategies to improve the quality of life for individuals with cancer.

Shannon Harrington, RN, PhD
Dana Farber Cancer Center
Dr. Harrington received her doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Nursing in 2013. She is currently a fellow at Harvard Cancer Center/Dana Farber/University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her Master’s in the Science of Nursing, 2005 from University of Virginia School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2002 from Old Dominion University.

Rob Harris
Author, Speaker, Advocate, Radio Co-host
Rob Harris had never encountered the word “caregiver” until, he learned his wife had cancer – twice. His poignant story of love, compassion and dedication is a #1 best-selling book on Amazon. We’re In This Together: A Caregiver’s Story has received reviews from celebrities, medical experts, caregivers, and patients.

Rob has been featured nationally, including NPR and MSNBC Today Show.com, and Coping with Cancer Magazine. His caregiver and patient support organization, RobCares, provides information and encouragement worldwide. Rob is the proud father of two U.S. Army soldiers.

Suleika Jaouad
Women’s Health Advocate
Cancer Survivor
Suleika writes the weekly column “Life, Interrupted” for the New York Times, chronicling her experiences as a young woman with cancer. She is a women’s health advocate and motivational speaker, with a special focus on young adults.

Suleika has also been featured in Glamour, Women’s Health, NBC’s Weekend “Today Show,” NY1, and NPR’s “Talk of The Nation” and “All Things Considered.” A triple citizen of the U.S., Switzerland and Tunisia, Suleika graduated with highest honors from Princeton University in 2010.

Shortly after graduation, at age 22, Suleika was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. After almost 2 years of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant this past April she is still in treatment and continuing to discover what it means to live a life, interrupted.

Dr. Anita Johnson
Medical Director of Breast Surgical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Dr. Anita Johnson is the Medical Director of Breast Surgical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. At CTCA, Dr. Johnson performs oncoplastic surgery, including lumpectomies and skin sparing and nipple sparing mastectomies. She also performs breast ultrasounds, needle core biopsies, infusaport placements, genetic testing and counseling, and works with radiation oncologists to treat breast cancer using intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT).

Dr. Johnson earned a medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She then completed a surgery internship/residency at Grady Hospital Department of General Surgery in Atlanta, and subsequently completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Before joining CTCA, Dr. Johnson was the medical director for the Breast Care Team in metropolitan Atlanta. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. She also belongs to the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

“I enjoy the technology involved with treating breast cancer and more importantly the ability to inform women about their treatment options and maximizing their quality of life,” says Dr. Johnson on why she decided to pursue a focus in breast cancer surgeries.

Dr. Johnson has been published in numerous journals, including American Journal of Surgery and Seminars in Surgical Oncology. She has given many presentations on breast cancer for audiences such as American College of Surgeons, Association of Academic Surgeons and Southwestern Surgical Congress. In 2002, she received the “Physicians Who Care” award from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and she has also been an Ambassador to the American Cancer Society.

Julee Jones
Founder, The Pilates Place, Nashville
Julee is a Certified Pilates Instructor and Advanced Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES). She has been teaching since 2001 after graduating from the the prestigious New York Pilates Studio, and was trained and certified by Joseph Pilates’ hand-picked successor, Romana Kryzanowska. Julee obtained her CES certification from The University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center.

While teaching the true Pilates method, Julee safely leads clients through a personalized plan that focuses specifically on their body’s needs. Her extensive Pilates background is also incorporated into her studio’s energizing and restorative Barre classes.

Exercise therapy is a critical component of cancer recovery, and Julee has a strong personal commitment to be one of the premier Pilates centers in the Nashville area to offer post-operative cancer rehabilitative services. Working with patients in post-operative exercise, quality-of-life programs, and complete body/wellness restoration, Julee joins each client in their journey to restoration.

Nan Kelley
Host Great American Country (GAC)Television
Cancer Survivor
Whether she’s interviewing country music superstars and legends backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, chatting it up with a fan she meets on the street or talking through a television screen to a few million folks, Nan Kelley has an uncanny ability to connect with people.

Kelley took her first steps toward a television career when her love of the stage and her talents on it earned her a Miss Mississippi crown and an opportunity for this small-town girl to see the world. She globe-trotted for several years for the Department of Defense entertaining troops in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the Middle East, Alaska and Europe.

It was a pit stop in Nashville, however, where she found her breakthrough opportunity that would eventually make Music City her permanent home. She was chosen as the lovely and loveable sidekick to host Gary Chapman for the Tonight Show-esque late-night series “Prime Time Country” on The Nashville Network, and produced by Dick Clark Productions. She’s been welcomed in homes across the country ever since.

Over the next few years, her experience in television and her relationship with the country audience would grow by leaps and bounds. Since 2003, Nan has been a fixture on one of the most popular and longest running shows in all of entertainment — The Grand Ole Opry. She’s the television host of “Opry Live” and has become a major personality on the Great American Country network. GAC viewers spend time with Nan as she hosts the weekly fan-voted “Top 20 Country Countdown” and other specials throughout the year. Among Nan’s favorites in “Stars for Stripes: Wounded Warriors Return.” Traveling to Iraq with stars Craig Morgan and Chris Young to entertain our troops, she accompanied two wounded heroes back to the country that almost took their lives. Nan also co-hosts GAC’s annual Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet arrivals show.

More recently, Nan has seen her career branching out with more opportunities at other TV networks, as well as in production. She served as a long time host for the Scripps owned Shop At Home Network, as well as hosting the Fine Living specials, “Easy Outdoor Entertaining,” “Forbes Magazines Best Places to Live & Work,” and the “HGTV Dream Home.”

Along with several other Scripps Networks hosts, Nan recently appeared on the Travel Channel special “Best Places I’ve Ever Been: Disney Memories.” She and husband Charlie, a Grammy-nominated musician/producer, have a busy voiceover business together and also recently produced the GAC special “Hit Exchange,” featuring Trace Adkins and super group Exile. Nan makes her HGTV debut this summer, hosting the special “Country Stars at Home.”

Dr. Daniel Kellman
Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Daniel Kellman, Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern), is committed to helping patients fight cancer by strengthening the body’s ability to heal itself, and supporting the whole person.

A graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, Kellman has been in practice since 1998 working in a variety of healthcare scenarios. His experience includes the modalities of general naturopathic family practice, pain management, advanced immunology and integrative cancer care. He has also had many years of herbal, homeopathic, nutritional and pharmaceutical-prescribing experience. In addition, Kellman has lectured on a variety of health topics and has mentored naturopathic medical students.

Kellman has been a staff naturopath at CTCA since 2006, first with Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, and then with Southeastern in 2012. He works alongside oncologists, nutritionists, psychologists and his naturopathic colleagues as a vital part of the integrative medicine model.

Kellman is past President of the Oklahoma Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He is also a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Society for Integrative Oncology.

Jane Kennedy, MSSW
Ms. Kennedy is the Manager of Patient Advocacy in the Office of Patient and Community Education (OPACE) of the VICC since August 2006. Ms. Kennedy’s role includes developing and managing support and advocacy programs for cancer survivors and their families. She has a Masters degree in Social Work and extensive experience in Oncology administration and volunteer management.

Chef Roy Khoo
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Chef
Chef Roy Khoo, the Executive Chef at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, strongly believes that food can taste great and be good for you at the same time. Chef Khoo spent over 20 years as a chef in the hospitality industry, mainly with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in locations like Bali, Indonesia; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and Atlanta. “My goal is to give patients what they want,” says Chef Khoo, who oversees the Café, Coffee Shop and stakeholder dining room at Southeastern. “We utilize organic, sustainable, natural and nitrate-free products in the meals we provide.”

“The foods that are available to people fighting cancer can make a difference in how they eat and how they heal themselves,” says Chef Khoo. “I understand what it is like for a loved one to get sick, and I want to do whatever it takes to help in any way.”

Kathy LaTour
Editor At Large, CURE Magazine
Cancer Survivor
Diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 1986, Kathy LaTour underwent a modified radical mastectomy and chemotherapy. Since her diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 37, Ms. LaTour has been active in the national survivor community, speaking to survivor, medical and lay audiences from coast to coast. Ms. LaTour experienced a second diagnosis of breast cancer resulting in a second mastectomy in the fall of 2007, putting her in the unique perspective of being both a long-term survivor and a new survivor.

Her book, The Breast Cancer Companion, was published by William Morrow and Co. in New York City. She has appeared on the “Today Show,” and her book was excerpted in Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul.

In 2001, she cofounded CURE magazine with Dr. Vinay Jain. Today she is editor-at-large of the publication, which is the largest direct to patient cancer magazine in the country. For her writing on cancer she has received numerous awards, including a first place from the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2011 for her article “The Cost of Living,” which looked at the late effects of radiation for long-term survivors.

In 2004, she debuted her one-woman show “One Mutant Cell,” a humorous and poignant account of her journey through breast cancer, which she has performed more than 50 times for a variety of cancer events around the country.

She served for four years on the board of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, and helped found Gilda’s Club North Texas, now known as Cancer Support Community North Texas. She was also instrumental in founding The Bridge Breast Network in Dallas, a unique coalition of breast cancer survivors and area health care professionals who are providing diagnosis and treatment to uninsured women who may have breast cancer.

For 23 years, Ms. LaTour served as a senior lecturer and an award-winning faculty member in Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she taught strategic writing courses and oversaw the nonprofit emphasis. She has also taught International Public Relations and Editorial and Critical Writing. In 1997 she received the university’s “M” award, the highest award given to faculty /staff at SMU.

Since her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1986, Kathy has been active in the national cancer survivor community. In her capacity as a journalist, Kathy turned her cancer experience into a book, The Breast Cancer Companion, which is based on interviews with more than 120 women and 75 men and health care professionals. Published in hardcover by William Morrow and Company, the paperback was published by Avon books.

Since the publication of her book she has spoken in more than 30 cities in the United States and Canada, delivering keynote talks on the importance of psychosocial support for cancer survivors to both survivor audiences and medical professionals. In 2004 she premiered her one-woman show “One Mutant Cell,” which she has presented for more than 30 audiences across the country.

She delivered the Charlotte Johnson Barrett Lectureship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the first lay person to ever deliver this address. She keynoted the Edmonton, Alberta, Women Living With Cancer Forum, and later returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she spoke to 1,600 participants as keynote speaker for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation breast cancer awareness day.

Dr. Susan Love
Author, Researcher, Activist
Cancer Survivor
Susan M Love, MD, MBA has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. As President of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention. She is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Her reputation as an activist comes from her role as one of the “founding mothers” of the breast cancer advocacy movement in the early 1990’s as one of the founders of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). She continues this work by serving on the boards of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the Young Survival Coalition. She also served on the National Cancer Advisory Board from 1998-2004, appointed by President Clinton.

Dr. Love is known as a trusted guide to women worldwide through her books and the foundation website. The completely revised fifth edition of Dr. Love’s Breast Book, called “the bible for women with breast cancer” by the New York Time, was released in October 2010. It has been translated into German, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew. Dr. Love’s Menopause and Hormone Book, published in 1998 and revised in 2003, was one of the first to sound the alarm against the long term use of postmenopausal hormones. Live a Little (Crown 2009) encourages women to be healthy without driving themselves crazy.

A true visionary, Dr. Love’s most recent project, the Love/Avon Army of Women, is a creative Internet solution to partner women and scientists in order to accelerate basic translational research.

Geralyn Lucas
Author, Producer, Activist
Cancer Survivor
Diagnosed with breast cancer at the shockingly young age of 27, Lucas was forced to make the harrowing decision of whether or not to undergo a mastectomy. When she was diagnosed, Lucas had recently graduated from the Columbia Journalism School and was settling into her life as a producer for Lifetime Television with her husband, a doctor.

Lucas’s memoir, Why I Wore Lipstick (to My Mastectomy), details her internal struggle with womanhood after losing a key female-defining characteristic, and the soul searching she had to do to find her “inner cleavage” and feel sexy and whole once again. We are by her side at a strip club contemplating what it might be like to lose a breast; we are with her when she endures chemotherapy treatments; we cheer as she makes the courageous move to get a heart tattooed where her right nipple used to be, and we rejoice when she becomes pregnant with her daughter, Skye.

Why I Wore Lipstick (to My Mastectomy), is not just for women who have experienced the effects of cancer. “This is a universal story for women,” Lucas says, “We get ourselves in these boxes of who we are and who we can be. A lot of people say going through a serious illness makes you look deeply at who you are, and that can be true. But you don’t have to have breast cancer to do that.”

The courageous and uplifting attitude with which she approached her diagnosis and battle with the disease has drawn an abundance of publicity for the book. Dress designer Betsey Johnson, a breast cancer survivor herself, designed a T-shirt to promote the book; Stila created a lipstick called “Geralyn;” The Young Breast Cancer Survivor Foundation and Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation both endorsed the book.

Because it is a common misconception that women in their 20’s and 30’s do not get breast cancer, Lucas thought it was important to share her story with women. It is Lucas’s vivacious and truly motivational attitude that sets Why I Wore Lipstick (to My Mastectomy) apart. Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief of SELF magazine, says, “If humor has a role in curing breast cancer, then Geralyn Lucas should win the prize. Her honest, funny and courageous account of facing down the disease is both inspiring and entertaining, and readers who know anyone going through treatment will love this singularly upbeat account.”

Maryann Makekau
Author, Speaker, Radio Host
Maryann of Hope Matters is an author, inspirational speaker, spirited entrepreneur, and radio show co-host. She is also a veteran, spouse of a military member (retired), and mother of two children. Her experience in the mental health field spans over twenty years.

Her writing provides practical tools for families coping with life’s difficult journeys, and has been featured in major publications including TIME Magazine.com. Maryann founded Hope Matters to make a difference in hurting lives worldwide with her Little Pink Books and Little Patriot Books, interactive workshops, creative exhibitions, military symposiums, key-note speeches, and more.

Adrien Grey Mackenzie, PTA
Vanderbilt University
Cancer Survivor
Ms. Mackenzie has over 30 years of experience in massage, and has been a PTA at the Dayani Center since 2009. She is trained in Myofascial Release, NeuroMuscular Therapy, and Swedish, Pre-Natal, Cranio-Sacral, Sports and Deep Tissue Massage.

Shortly after completing treatment for breast cancer in 2010, she trained at the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and added certification in Lymphedema Therapy to her specialties. She is a founding member of the staff at the Dayani Center’s Vanderbilt Lymphedema Therapy Clinic.

Joanna Montgomery
Huffington Post Contributor, Blogger
Cancer Survivor
On December 1, 2011, little Magnolia Montgomery arrived a month early. She was tiny, yet perfect. Another blessing for happy newlyweds Joanna and Mark. They gave her an appropriate middle name: Grace. But Maggie’s arrival brought a devastating discovery. A mass on Joanna’s Fallopian tube was diagnosed as widespread, aggressive gynecologic cancer. It was stage 3C, possibly fatal. Joanna had a 50/50 chance of survival.

It was in this emotional maelstrom that Joanna began to chronicle her experiences of treatment, motherhood and marriage in an honest, unflinching blog called “It’s Cancer, Baby”. She has since become a regular contributor and columnist for Huffington Post’s Healthy Living and CafeMom’s The Stir. She has also appeared as a guest on the Katie Couric Show and done a 10-part mini-documentary series about her journey (also called, “It’s Cancer, Baby”). Her straight-talking personal writings continue to inspire, comfort, and bring hope to countless others touched by the disease.

Today, Joanna is dealing with the after-effects of chemotherapy and living life to the fullest with Mark, little Maggie and their brood of animals on a ridgetop outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Having recently learned that she is BRCA1 positive, she is also preparing for a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy in July 2013, just a few weeks before the convention. Just another part of the journey for Jo.

Joanna Morales, Esq
Triage Cancer
Mrs. Morales is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and Chief Executive Officer of Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship resources. She also serves as Principal of North Star Alliances, a business and nonprofit consulting and service firm.

Mrs. Morales has spent eighteen years working on behalf of individuals with cancer, including twelve years at the Cancer Legal Resource Center, a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She most recently served for five years as Director of the Cancer Legal Resource Center, but also held the positions of Assistant Director, Staff Attorney, Loyola Law School Post-Graduate Public Interest Law Fellow, and law student extern. Mrs. Morales also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, teaching a seminar in Cancer Rights Law for five years.

Prior to graduating from law school, Mrs. Morales spent eight years working at the John Wayne Cancer Institute for its Psychosocial Care Program and Positive Appearance Center. She has presented hundreds of educational seminars throughout the country for patients, survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, advocates, lawyers, employers, and the general public.

In addition, Mrs. Morales serves on numerous cancer community committees and boards, including the Board of Directors for the California Division of the American Cancer Society, as Chair of the California Dialogue on Cancer’s Advocacy Team, and the National Advisory Board of CancerForward.

Mrs. Morales previously served as the President of the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Los Angeles County Affiliate and as Chair of the American Cancer Society’s California Division Patient Support Team. She has been published in a variety of publications, such as Psycho-Oncology, Coping with Cancer, Women, and Ability Magazine. In 2009, she also contributed to a book entitled, Work and Cancer Survivors.

Mrs. Morales has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to the cancer community and her work in the area of legislative advocacy, such as the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Public Policy Advocate of the Year. She was also recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40 in 2010.

Mrs. Morales received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School Los Angeles.

Barbara Musser
Author, Speaker
Cancer Survivor
After Barbara received an MBA, she became a training and development consultant, and taught yoga, meditation and visualization at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. She was also a Challenge Day leader and facilitator of the Love, Intimacy and Sexuality workshops produced by the Human Awareness Institute, traveling the world to teach. She studied energy medicine and combined that with coaching to help women in business to live their dreams.

On her 37th birthday, Barbara heard the words, “You have breast cancer”, which changed everything in a moment. As a sex educator and workshop facilitator for 20+ years, she has supported many women and their partners and families along the breast cancer journey; interviewed hundreds of women about their experiences and needs; worked with support groups on the subject of sexuality and intimacy; presented to tumor boards and interviewed many surgeons, plastic surgeons and oncologists about the subject. She has designed and facilitated many retreats for women with breast cancer; couples; and partners of women with breast cancer.

In 2010 a dear friend undergoing her second breast cancer said, “I think this is your work, helping women remember who they are.” That was when all the threads came together to create Sexy After Cancer. Her work and ideas have turned Barbara into a Thought Leader in the world of life after cancer. She is a popular speaker on sexuality and intimacy. Her book, Sexy After Cancer ~ Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey, has just been published.

Rebecca Nellis, Vice President
Cancer and Careers
Rebecca V. Nellis, Vice President, Programs and Strategy for Cancer and Careers, has spent eight years designing programs to meet the ever-growing needs of people who are working through cancer treatment and those who support them. Among the initiatives that Rebecca has developed and launched are the National Conference on Work & Cancer, the Cancer and Careers Online Coaching Center, the nationally-held Balancing Cancer and Careers Community Seminars, the accredited Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals and Cancer and Careers’ Spanish language resources, which now include seven publications and a dedicated website.

Rebecca also oversees the program’s social media strategy, serves as the editor of the bi-monthly Cancer and Careers e-Bulletin and speaks on behalf of the organization at cancer conferences and events nation-wide. In addition, Rebecca is an active member of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance serving on the Membership Task Force and the Oversight Committee.

Rebecca’s nonprofit experience spans 10+ years and includes working with organizations such as the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, the Jewish Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Collective Hole Productions and the International Center of New York. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Cancer and Careers is dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer and their healthcare providers and coworkers, Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer. Cancerandcareers.org informs more than 180,000 visitors per year, providing essential tools and information for employees with cancer.

Judy Pearson, CEO Courage Concepts, Co-Founder Women Survivors Alliance
Author, Speaker, Advocate
Cancer Survivor
Award-winning writer Judy Pearson’s career began in a tree: a wonderful old maple in her parents’ backyard, with a perfect branch on which to sit. It was there, as a teenager, that she first wrote her thoughts on current events and life in general. Now hundreds of thousands of words later, this Michigan native is still writing.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Pearson has written two decades worth of newspaper and magazine articles, and has published three books. The first two are biographies about ordinary people who exhibited extraordinary courage. The biography of Virginia Hall, Wolves at the Door: the True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy, has been optioned for a movie. A life-changing event caused Judy to depart from biographies to write her third book: It’s Just Hair: 20 Essential Life Lessons. A 2012 International Book Award finalist, the book is designed to help readers infuse their journey through life challenges with courage and humor. She is currently at work on her fourth book, A Different Kind of Courage: 10 Lessons Celebrating Women’s Bravery.

The founder of Courage Concepts, an organization that cultivates courage in women, Pearson provides workshops and keynotes for corporations and organizations. A search for answers in her own survivorship led her to Karen Shayne, and the two now spear the Women Survivors Alliance.

Pearson is an active member of numerous organizations including American Association of University Women, the National Organization of Female Executives and the Michigan State University Alumni Club. She is a member of the board of directors the Al-Van Humane Society and the Beacon Club.

Judy and her husband split their time between her idyllic little home town on the shores of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. And she still climbs trees!

Sheila Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Vanderbilt University
Dr. Ridner is an assistant professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Center for Research Development and Scholarship in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her PhD in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University in 2003 and completed her Postdoctoral Oncology Nursing Fellowship in 2005, also at Vanderbilt. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and her Masters of Health Services Administration from the College of St. Francis Graduate School in Joliet, Illinois in 1988. Her undergraduate degree was from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky in 1978 and was a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Dr. Ridner has been active in lymphedema research since 2000, having received several grants to fund this research. Most recently, she was awarded a four year R01 National Institutes of Health grant to study “The Fibrosis-Lymphedema Continuum in Head and Neck Cancer.” Foremost in Dr. Ridner’s efforts has been dissemination of her findings and of lymphedema information through multiple peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public speaking engagements. Dr. Ridner has been a member of the National Lymphedema Network since 2001. She chairs the Research Committee, and serves on the Medical Advisory Committee. She chaired the NLN subcommittee for the Lymphedema Measurement Guidelines National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Protocol Development. Her activities with the Lymphatic Research Foundation include Board Member and Chair for Patient Registry/Tissue Bank Subcommittee.

Allison Schaffer, LCSW, MSW
Vanderbilt University
Ms.Schaffer, LCSW is a social worker at the REACH for Survivorship clinic, affiliated with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. This role includes providing psychosocial support to pediatric and adult cancer survivors and their families.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia. Her past experiences include working with adolescents and families in diverse settings to promote optimum functioning and well-being. In 2002, she found her passion in the oncology setting and has since worked in both inpatient and outpatient oncology care, as well as in community based oncology support.

Her special interests include addressing the psychosocial needs of people living with cancer through creative and interactive programming and increasing patient and caregiver education within the healthcare setting. Prior to relocating to Nashville, she held leadership roles with the Georgia Social Work Oncology Group, and is now active with the Tennessee Cancer Coalition.

Sara Skillen
Founder, SkillSet Organizing
Sara is a former educator and musician, and a certificated paralegal with experience in both in-house legal departments and law firms. Prior to forming SkillSet Organizing, Sara co-founded SkillSet Enterprises LLC, a business consulting firm based in Franklin, TN. At SkillSet Enterprises, her responsibilities have included everything from overseeing concert tour logistics to organizing volunteers for a national series of 6K road races.

In all phases of her career life, Sara has used her aptitude for organization, project planning, idea development and teaching to serve employers, clients and colleagues. Sara loves sharing her knowledge of organizing principals to help people from all walks of life get control of their clutter and reduce their stress. She has a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Performance from the University of Tennessee, plus a paralegal certificate from the Southeastern Paralegal Institute. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, and currently serves on the board of the Nashville chapter.

Michelle Whitlock
Author, Speaker, Advocate
Cancer Survivor
Michelle developed her keen sense of leadership, resilience, drive and survivorship early in life. She was born in 1975 and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside the nation’s capital. Abandoned by her mother at age three, Michelle and her two sisters were raised by her struggling single father. He suffered a serious injury in 1986 and was never able to work again. As the middle child, Michelle emerged as the leader and care-taker (with the help of her grandmother) for her two sisters and often her father, as he was in and out of the hospital.

During high school, Michelle watched as her father battled bouts of depression and drug abuse. Determined to have a better life, Michelle began working her senior year. Her father passed away when she was just twenty-one. Michelle remained the family anchor against the storm, while her sisters fell into the devastating clutches of addiction.

After taking a few years off from school to save money, Michelle went back to school where she learned the delicate balance between full-time work and full-time school. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society, she earned an Associates of Arts in Business Administration in 1997 from Montgomery College. She went on to Columbia Union College and graduated ‘Cum Laude’ in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management.

Michelle was busy climbing the corporate ladder, giving no thought to motherhood in late 2001, when at just 26 her world came to a screeching halt—she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The GYN-oncologist told Michelle she needed a radical hysterectomy immediately, which would leave her unable to bear children. Having no children, Michelle in her feisty way, set out to find other options. She researched treatments, sought out a second opinion and challenged her doctors with the difficult and often uncomfortable questions. In the end, she opted for a radical trachelectomy—a fertility saving procedure.

Although this procedure has good success rates, Michelle was not one of them. Just two short years later, at 29 her cancer returned, only days after her boyfriend proposed. Doctors urged her to undergo a radical hysterectomy once again. Michelle refused, determined to find a way to save her fertility. Again, she researched, asked questions and sought additional medical opinions. None of the answers she found were different, however the delivery of the message varied greatly between doctors. Wanting to be seen as more than a cancer patient, Michelle carefully selected doctors who recognized her as a young woman fighting for her future and the life she envisioned.

In a matter of eight weeks, Michelle, with the help of her team of doctors, harvested eggs, created 7 embryos—‘maybe babies’– flew to Jamaica, got married, and ten days later checked into the hospital for treatment. Michelle underwent the radical hysterectomy, a partial vaginalectomy and removal of some lymph nodes; followed by 5.5 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.

Today, she has worked for the same retail company for over sixteen years. She climbed the ladder from a part-time sales associate to an executive, who has achieved many successes and awards along the way. Determined no other women should suffer from this preventable disease the way she did, Michelle started sharing her story. She has combined her years of leadership with her passion for education to help thousands of women across the nation.

Michelle believes in giving back to the community and holds the following positions:

  • Director, The Pearl of Wisdom Campaign to End Cervical Cancer for Tamika & Friends Inc
  • Chair, West Region Women’s Cancer Subcommittee of the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition (TC4)
  • Director of The Mid-South Chapter of the NCCC (National Cervical Cancer Coalition) serving TN, AR, & MS.

Dr. Teresa Woodruff
Thomas J. Watkins Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chief, Division of Fertility Preservation
Director, The Oncofertility Consortium
Founder and Director, Institute for Women’s Health Research
As a reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Woodruff has spent the better part of her research career focusing on female reproductive health and infertility. To that end, she was made chief of the newly created Division of Fertility Preservation at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Combining this effort with her work on two R01 NIH grants, a P01 grant and core facility, and her work as director of two NIH funded center grants (the Center for Reproductive Research, U54, and the Oncofertility Consortium, UL1), Dr. Woodruff has established a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, educators and policy makers to translate her research to the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment.

To describe this effort, Dr. Woodruff coined the term oncofertility, a word that is now officially recognized as a new ‘slang’ term in the English language. She has co-edited three books on the topic, the first titled simply Oncofertility (Springer, 2007) where the scope of the problem and current technology, clinical practice tables, procedural guidelines and patient stories are collected. Her second book is titled Oncofertility: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities (Springer, 2010) and discusses the ethical, religious, economic, and legal issues surrounding fertility preservation. The third book in the series, called Oncofertility: Clinical Issues and Implementation, focuses on medical practice needs to preserve the fertility of cancer patients.

She has been an advocate for gender specificity in clinical trials in an effort to better understand the effects that technologies and procedures have on women and is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research. As an educator and mentor, she encourages young women to pursue careers in the sciences, and has developed the Oncofertility Saturday Academy in conjunction with the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School as a way to involve high school girls in college level science.

She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2011) for her work with the Women’s Health Science Program. She serves on the Endocrine Society Council and the Society for the Study of Reproduction Board of Directors. Her awards include the Distinguished Teaching Award (2000), the Mentor of the Year Award (2009) and the Distinguished Woman in Medicine and Science (2009) from Northwestern University. She was also honored by the Alumnae of Northwestern University with their Distinguished Alumnae Award (2008). She has been honored nationally with awards from the American Women in Science (AWIS) (2008) Innovator Award, the American Medical Women Association (AMWA) Gender Equity Award (2009), and the “Speaking of Women’s Health” Distinguished Service Award (2007). She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005) and awarded the Endocrine Society’s Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award (2000). She is the 2010 recipient of the Feinberg School of Medicine Tripartite Legacy Award, the inaugural recipient of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School’s Girl Power Award, and received an honorary degree in 2010 from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

Find Dr. Woodruff on the web at http://www.woodrufflab.org.

Matt Zachery
Matthew Zachary was a 21-year-old college senior and concert pianist en route to film school when he lost use of his left hand, was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer (medulloblastoma) and told he’d likely never perform again. Fifteen years, four albums, a wife, twin children and scores of concerts later, Matthew’s struggle to get busy living has inspired countless thousands. Today, he is an award-winning recording artist and performer, as well as an accredited thought-leader in public health, an authority on youth culture and a highly credentialed public speaker. A founding member of the Google Health Advisory Council, in 2007 he launched the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, which has since become the nation’s largest support community for young adults affected by cancer.

Renamed Stupid Cancer in 2012, the foundation was ranked a TIME Magazine Best 50 website and FOX News Top 10 Healthcare Blog and supports a global following of hundreds of thousands of friends, fans, readers, listeners and members. Matthew has helped to bring the cause of ‘cancer under 40’ to the national spotlight and has rallied a new crop of activists to give a much needed voice to this forgotten population. Matthew has helped to measurably reverse 30 years of disparity and create social lasting change in how the public relates to cancer for the next generation.

Charlene Zimmerman
Ms. Zimmerman graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Biology before graduating with a doctoral degree in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. Charlene’s primary patient population at this time is treatment of primary and secondary lymphedema of the body including head, neck, trunk, and limbs.

Charlene has been certified by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies for lymphedema management and treatment. Charlene also has experience in treating patients with vestibular disorders, chronic pain, and orthopedic injuries and has worked in acute care, skilled nursing, assisted living and outpatient physical therapy. She has been trained in myofascial release according to John Barnes, movement disorders according to Shirley Sahrmann both of which are helpful with treatment of patients with lymphatic limbs that may also be experiencing pain following surgery.